France 2-1 Denmark: Mbappe double helps French attain World Cup knockout stage

Kylian Mbappe scored two objectives and put defending champion France into the knockout stage of the World Cup with a 2-1 win over Denmark on Saturday.

Mbappe gave his workforce the lead within the 61st minute after which scored the winner within the 86th along with his proper thigh as Les Bleus turned the primary workforce to advance to the spherical of 16.

The France ahead swapped passes with Theo Hernandez down the left flank and poked the ball previous Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel for the primary purpose. He then jumped acrobatically to information within the second after a cross from Antoine Griezmann.

Denmark defender Andreas Christensen equalized for his workforce with a header within the 68th.

Mbappe scored 4 objectives when France received the World Cup 4 years in the past, together with one within the last. He now has 31 objectives for France, shifting him one forward of Simply Fontaine — the all-time main scorer at a single World Cup with 13 objectives on the 1958 match.

France beat Australia 4-1 in its opening recreation whereas the Danes drew 0-0 with Tunisia. The Aussies beat Tunisia 1-0 earlier Saturday.

With Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema lacking from the match with a leg damage, Mbappe has taken cost. He has 14 objectives in his previous 12 video games for France, together with three thus far in Qatar.

The Danes beat France twice this 12 months within the Nations League however regarded tame in assault at Stadium 974 — on the uncommon events they even acquired close to France’s penalty space.

Central defender Raphael Varane returned to France’s protection for his first recreation since sustaining a hamstring damage enjoying for Manchester United on Oct. 11. The 2018 World Cup winner made his 88th worldwide look and performed 75 minutes earlier than being changed.

Ahead Marcus Thuram got here on within the second half as his father, Lilian Thuram, watched from the stands. The elder Thuram was a standout defender who helped France win its first World Cup in 1998.

The ultimate Group D video games are scheduled for Wednesday, when France will play Tunisia and Australia will face Denmark.

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